I love Jailbreaking. Jailbreaking allows my iPhone 5s to be better than stock iOS7 would otherwise allow. I’ve always been an apple fan. However, recently I had an Android Nexus 4 for a year. I loved that phone. More specifically I loved the Android Operating system for it’s freedom of customization and personalization. But, overall I am more satisfied with the iPhone as a piece of hardware. To put it simply I prefer Android as an operating system and iPhone as a phone.
In order to make iOS more tolerable, I jailbreak. This opens up a lot of options for me: automation, security, tethering and more. I don’t do much visual customization to my phone, I’m not a themed like Anthony, I prefer to keep my tweaks & apps simple and efficiency related. Here are a list of my favorite jailbreak tweaks and apps as of April 1st, 2014.
BiteSMS is my most used jailbreak tweak / app. BiteSMS replaces the iPhones built in messaging app with it’s own highly customizable and powerful messaging system including: conversation muting, quick compose, quick reply, scheduling texts and more. BiteSMS is free with adds in the settings menu or $5 for no ads, it’s worth the money to support such great development.
F.Lux is a simple tweak that changes the hue of the screen depending on the time of the day. Have you ever squinted at a bright blue screen when your phone goes off at night? F.Lux attempts to change that by adding a warmer orange hue as the sun goes down. Some find it useful, I am one of them.
Fav is as close as I can get to using Google Now on Android. From the home screen I swipe right and my Fav app is automatically launched. I set it to the Google Search app. You can set it to whatever you want.
FlipControlCenter uses iOS7’s built in control center and allows you to customize the circular or square toggles to whatever you like. This is very useful if there are certain functions you use a lot: flashlight, wifi, bluetooth, location, tethering, rotation lock etc.
LockSafety is a simple tweak, it makes it impossible to shutdown if your phone is locked. This is mainly useful if your phone is lost or stolen and you need to track it, which was the case for me a few weeks ago.
iCaughtYouPro is yet another tweak that will be very beneficial in retrieving a lost or stole iPhone. iCaughtYou is set to react when an incorrect passcode, or TouchID, is performed on your computer a set number of times. If this occurs the camera will snap a photo, save to your library and e-mail you a photo of whoever has taken your phone complete with location and network data.
TetherMe is a tweak that allows all phones regardless of whether you pay for a tethering plan to tether. Tethering is the process of sharing your phones data connection with your computer or iPad so you can get online while no where near a wifi router. *Using TetherMe, though I’ve never had problems, can bring about unwanted charges from your mobile provider. Use TetherMe at your own risk.
VirtualHome (iPhone 5s only) allows you to use your the TouchID sensor on your camera instead of clicking the home button. I use this primarily because my assumption that breaking the home button by overuse would be much more costly than with past iPhone’s.
Asphaleia – Is great for parents. Do your kids often use your iOS device and get into apps you don’t want them? Asphaleia can help lock your children out of certain apps such as the app store, settings app or media apps. You can setup using TouchID or a 4 digit passcode.
As you can see, I don’t do a lot of tweaking to my iPhone. I only tweak if there is something I need help doing. I have not used iCaughtYou Pro or Asphaleia but I have heard great reports.
Why do you jailbreak? What tweaks do you use? What are your favorite jailbreak apps? I look forward to hearing!